Individuals with the RD credential have fulfilled specific requirements, including having earned at least a bachelor’s degree, completed a supervised practice program and passed a registration examination—in addition to maintaining continuing education requirements for recertification.
There are also nutritionists who give nutrition advice, but not all nutritionists are Registered Dietitians. The definition of a “nutritionist” varies, especially from state to state and in some states, almost anyone can call themselves a “nutritionist” regardless of their education and training.
Licensed, registered dietitians can provide our patients with Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) with a variety of topics including:
Talk with your doctor about medical nutrition therapy and ask for a referral for insurance purposes. Reimbursement by insurance for Medical Nutrition Therapy varies. Please call your individual insurance company to find out more about reimbursement.
Intensive Behavior Therapy for Obesity
A licensed, registered dietitian will work with you individually to achieve weight loss through behavior modification and lifestyle change. The program length is 6-12 months. The cost of this program is covered by Medicare and some insurance companies.
This program supports healthy lifestyle changes for adults who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Our dietitians, who are trained lifestyle coaches, deliver the program.
Adults are eligible if they are overweight, have medical clearance and have one or more of the following risk factors:
People who have completed this year-long program gain confidence and learn new life skills. You will attend 1-hour group classes for a 16-week series of nutrition and physical activity classes and then 6 bi-monthly classes. You will learn how to make better food choices, be more active, and manage stress or other challenges to help you lose weight. Program cost is $150 and includes a FREE 6 month gym membership.